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Press Releases
Jul. 7, 2017

Wind on the Wires Applauds PUC Decision to Allow Xcel Energy to Acquire More Wind Energy

Smart Investment; Customer Responsive: Xcel’s investment in wind is a smart business decision that also benefits consumers with clean, low-cost energy and
delivers economic benefits region-wide


ST. PAUL, MINN. (July 7, 2017) – Yesterday, the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission unanimously approved Xcel Energy’s proposal to acquire more than 1,500 MW of wind energy.

In response, Wind on the Wires Executive Director Beth Soholt said:

"We are pleased to see the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission give Xcel Energy the green light on their proposed acquisition of over 1500 MW of clean, cost-effective wind energy," said Beth Soholt, Executive Director of Wind on the Wires. "This unanimous vote by the PUC demonstrates not only that wind energy is a smart investment for ratepayers, but also that these projects will provide significant economic benefits throughout our region.

“This portfolio, which is being driven primarily by the economics of wind energy, reaffirms Xcel Energy's commitment to providing reliable, affordable clean energy to their customers."

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About Wind on the Wires

Wind on the Wires is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in St. Paul, Minn., that works to advance renewable energy in the Midwest. Its members are comprised of wind and solar developers, environmental organizations, tribal representatives, public interest groups, clean energy advocates, farm groups and businesses providing goods and services to the wind and solar industries.